Art and fashion at WOOYOUNGMI

This is another one of those art and fashion crossovers we love. No one can deny the Korean culture phenomena and WOOYOUNGMI is one of the many successful labels with both global outlook and unique Korean aesthetics. WOOYOUNGMI is founded by two sisters, Woo Youngmi and Woo Janghee and the essence of the brand stems from the unique perspective that comes from female designers creating menswear. They design for one man and it was explained that, “This man, as if a subject in a painting, need never change, he remains always as their ideal.”.

The sisters’ different personalities and styles, Woo Youngmi’s conservative and precise nature along with Woo Janghee’s unconventional and artistic outlook, create the perfect balance for designing together. They believe that “As with art and cultural experiences, fashion too can offer an escape from the mundane.”

What’s more interesting is WOOYOUNGMI’s campaign images. WOOYOUNGMI collaborates with an artist for each new season’s collection, allowing the artist to interpret the collection in his/her own way. The artist will produce a piece of work that will become the print advertising campaign, as well as exhibit their work in MANMADE WOOYOUNGMI, WOOYOUNGMI ‘lifestyle showroom’ which is like a flagship store, concept store and gallery rolled into one.

Lee Song, Around the City (detail), 2011, oil on canvas

Lee Song, one of Korea’s current rising artists, was chosen as the first artist for WOOYOUNGMI’s SS 2012 collection. Both the artist and designers express their desire to describe and heal their contemporary through their work and both parties examine the modern world and its on-going daily routine. Their work offers their viewers and/or patrons a break from the habitual.

The whole concept of how modern man lives all isolated without fulfilling the needs of being attached in a group and being loved, which is the third stage of the psychologist Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory, is what WOOYOUNGMI 2012 A/W Collection and Clemens have in common in their work.

Clemens Krauss, Laughter and Value, 2012, oil on canvas

The next artist chosen for WOOYOUNGMI’s AW 2012 collection is Clemens Krauss. In his series ‘Concepts of Isolation’, he explores the vulnerabilities of the individual in the social context; alienation and isolation. The artist distinctively painted modern men living their lives alone and isolated as they are alienated from their family and co-workers. How are they to recover when they suffer alone?

The latest artist collaboration is with Osang Gwon for WOOYOUNGMI’s SS2013 collection. Osang Gwon is a well-known artist whose works can be seen at major international art fairs. This collaboration probably the most recognisable one since the artist specialise in creating photo-collage sculptures.

As an artist Osang Gwon is very much inspired by fashion and lifestyle magazines, believing that fashion photography, both editorial and advertising campaigns, can reflect the current times in a creative and imaginative way. For this project Osang Gwon created two life-size sculptures Nuages Pattern and Aztec Pattern, both depicting models in WOOYOUNGMI SS2013 clothing.

Finally, some selected looks from WOOYOUNGMI’s SS2014 collection. I love the minimal design aesthetics, the stripes and the tailoring.

x Sybil

(Images from WOOYOUNGMI)

The Artist as Jeweler

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons, Rabbit Necklace, 2005-2009, platinum, 3 in pendant / 29 in chain, D. Venet Collection

Something unexpected has happened.  Artists like Jeff Koons and Anish Kapoor, who are renowned for their monumental works, have turned their attention to jewelry, small intricate accessories that I’m sure all of us want to bring home.  Bass Museum of Art’s current exhibition showcases some 200 jewelry pieces by 135 artists.  These wearable artworks belong to collector Diane Venet who became fascinated when her then husband, sculptor Bernar Venet, rolled a thin piece of silver around her finger to form a wedding ring.  Since then, she has acquired jewels made by artists, as well as commissioned pieces by Kader Attia, John Chamberlain, Wim Delvoye, Orlan, and Frank Stella.

While building her collection, she explained, “I’m careful to ask only those artists whom I think will find the request challenging and fun.  It’s important they recognize that the jewel should be seen as an extension of their art-making.”

Nam June Paik

Nam June Paik, Sense Amplifier – Inhibit Driver, 2012, necklace, mixed metals and plastic, 35 cm x 11.5 cm (with chain); 13.5 x 11.5 cm (pendant), N. Seroussi Collection

Lee Ufan

Lee Ufan, Untitled, 2012, sterling silver, D. Venet Collection

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dalí, Cuillére avec montre-peigne (spoon with comb), 1957, brooch, gold, midnight blue enamel, 11.2 x 2.5 cm, D. Venet Collection

The jewelry on display are exceptional and little-known pieces by famous artists such as Max Ernst, Andy Warhol, Georges Braque, Louise Bourgeois, Lucio Fontana, Salvador Dalí, Louise Nevelson, Man Ray, Anthony Caro, and Yoko Ono.  Often conceived for a friend or a loved one, several of these jewelry pieces reveal a surprising tenderness about these well-known artists. These wearable sculptures are presented in three categories – the Early Masters, Representational, and Abstraction – with sections devoted to the human figure, nature, Pop subjects, words, geometry, and new technologies and materials.

Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein, Modern Head, 1968, brooch, enamel on metal, 7.8 x 5.8 cm, D. Venet Collection

Located at 2100 Collins Avenue
in Miami Beach, the Bass Museum of Art is open from 12 noon to 5 pm, Wednesdays to Sundays.

x Sybil

(Images from Bass Museum of Art)

Dior X Anselm Reyle: I love collaborations

One thing I always love is collaborations and my favorite kind are those between fashion houses and artists. It is just the type of thing to propel the artist to instant recognition and adds an immediate ‘cool’ factor to the brand involved.

This time, Dior has gotten together with German conceptual artist Anselm Reyle who also exhibited at the Frieze Art Fair, to create a collection of accessories (handbags, shoes and jewelry). Using the artist’s signature camouflage print, Dior’s take involves loud and fun shades of fluoro yellow, green and pink.


Little Yorkshire, 2010

Mixed media on canvas, steel frame with lacquer

Just to show a variety of Anselm Reyle’s works. I love this piece. Reminds me of those rainbow colors you see on crude oil.


Untitled, 2008
Bronze, effect lacquer, plinth with piano lacquer

I can almost see it on the street already. It’s just so recognizable.

What did I say about it being fun and loud.

I love the accessories too. The purple one reminds me of the ‘crude oil’ sculpture. Gorgeous colours.


Somehow I imagine this ad would trickle down to the street and we will see pop art-sy colored nails everywhere!

Here’s a classic with a twist. I like it!

Anyone for some army disco mix? Wonder what they’ll come up with next. More collaborations I hope. 🙂

X Alex

(Image from gagosian,vogue deharpersbazaar au)

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